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Monday Evening Castleton Class


Mondays | 7:00-8:15pm | Cost: $10 | Free for members. Drop ins are welcome. No need to pre-register.  

Meditation is a special technology that transforms our mind into a source of peace and happiness for ourself and others. In this class, attendees have the chance to engage in an easy-to-practice, yet profoundly effective meditation technique that they can use as a daily practice.

Mindfulness for Busy People: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

How can we cope with the ever-increasing stress and responsibilities of daily life?  Mindfulness is essential to keep our sanity day to day as well as to realize our full potential.  This series of classes explores how we can develop and maintain balance and peace of mind through the practice of mindfulness and meditation.  Classes included practical instruction and interactive discussion.  Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of previous experience.

Limitless Mind, Limitless Potential: November 6, 13, 20, 27

By controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of inner peace, independent of external conditions. We know from our own experience that simply changing things outside of us does not give us the lasting peace, enjoyment, or security we all hope for. Meditation takes us on an inner journey where we can discover our potential for permanent inner peace, nirvana. Each class includes practical instruction and guided meditation.  Everyone is welcome.

Advice for a Happy Life: December 4, 11, 18

In modern times we face many challenges and difficulties in our lives and our daily experience is often stressful and unrewarding. By learning to integrate the ancient wisdom of Buddha’s teachings into our daily life, we can find practical solutions to many of our everyday problems and discover real meaning in every moment of our life.

The teachings and meditations during this brief series will be based on the renowned text, Advice from Atisha’s Heart, composed by the Indian Buddhist master Atisha (982-1054 CE). These teachings encapsulate the very essence of how to lead a life of compassion and wisdom and are as relevant today as when they were first given–a perfect way to conclude the year!

Kelsang Zamling is a modern Buddhist monk and the Principal Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis. He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years and has taught in the United States and in the UK. Zamling completed an intensive 6 month Special Teacher Training Program with our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, to further his qualifications as a teacher. He is well-loved by his students, and sets an immaculate example of someone who has taken Buddha’s teachings to heart. Zamling is known for his practical approach, warmth and clarity and we feel very fortunate to have him as our teacher at KMC Indianapolis.

FAQs:

Q. Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend a class?
You do not need to have experience in meditation or be a Buddhist to attend. The meditation classes we offer are suitable for all individuals, whatever their level of interest- from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome!

Q. I’ve never been to a Buddhist Center before. What should I expect?
Classes at the Center are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available at the Center, so you can sit wherever you’re most comfortable. There is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved. 

Q. What does a typical meditation class look like?
A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, a short teaching, and a follow-up meditation. The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Q. I’ve been coming to classes for a while. I really like what I hear. Is there something more I can try?
For those students who want to deepen their experience of Buddhism. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program (FP). FP allows us to become more deeply familiar with Buddhist teachings by systematically studying one of five texts on the FP curriculum.

About KMC Indianapolis 

Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis was founded originally as Dromtonpa Buddhist Center in 1998 at the request of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. KMC Indy is one of 1,200 NKT Centers in 40 countries. The purpose of the Center is to provide the people of Indianapolis and the surrounding area with practical, wise, and inspiring methods they can use to lead happier, more peaceful, and meaningful lives.

Location: Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, 8407 Castleton Corner Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250, (317) 374-5281 info@meditation-indianapolis.org